Police Cadets

Police Cadets are paid, non-sworn, student employees who have an interest in law enforcement or who want to pursue a career in law enforcement. You must complete an application in order to be considered for selection. To apply or for more information, contact Jim Meade, Residence Hall Security Manager at 413-545-3959 or jmeade@admin.umass.edu.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Open to college students
  • Must stay enrolled as a student during his or her employment in the Cadet Program
  • Must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or better
  • Pass a physical examination and an academic test 

About the Training Program

The training program consists of 100 hours. Cadets participate in a 50 hour live-in “cadet academy”. During that time they receive instruction on criminal law, UMPD procedures to comply with our accreditation standards, defensive tactics, communication techniques, physical fitness, and more. The program allows students to get invaluable hands-on experience in law enforcement while still pursuing their educational goals.

Police Cadets Provide Additional Security to UMPD Officers

Complementing the UMPD, the Police Cadets provide an additional level of security and further strengthen the UMPD community policing efforts. Assigned primarily in the residential areas, the cadets work very closely with police officers and the Residence Hall security force.

Cadets are extensively trained in police techniques, perform foot patrols, parking enforcement, prisoner watch, and perform ancillary functions to free officers for other duties. As students, they often see and hear what the police cannot, spotting problems early and alerting police to intervene and prevent escalation.

Pathways of Police Cadet Graduates

Since the program's beginning in 2003, more than 160 young men and women have participated in the UMPD Police Cadet program. Many have used the experience they gained as a launching point to a career in law enforcement.

Police Cadet graduates are employed at police departments in Amherst, Ashland, Belchertown, Bernardston, Longmeadow, Northampton, Northfield, Monson, Palmer, Pittsfield, Ware, Framingham State University, Freeport ME, Las Vegas NV, West Hartford CT, as well as the Massachusetts and Connecticut State Police Departments. At least eight graduates are employed by UMPD.



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